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WAFF helps Huntsville veteran with VA troubles

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Hatch said he checked his mailbox every day. (Source: WAFF) Hatch said he checked his mailbox every day. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Huntsville veteran spent a year begging Veteran Affairs officials to process his claim for psychological and service related injuries, but didn't hear anything until he contacted WAFF.

All Anthony Hatcher wanted was support. The army veteran said he was diagnosed with PTSD after serving in Guantanamo Bay right after 9/11.

"We got the Taliban and Al Qaeda fresh," said Hatcher. "They were fighting us every day."

Hatcher retired from the military a couple years ago. Trying to function and take care of his family has turned into a daily battle.

"I get to having nightmares and I'm fighting. I wind up fighting in my sleep. I see bodies coming up at the walls at me. I asked the VA for help and it's been over a year," said Hatcher. 

Hatcher showed WAFF letters he's received from VA officials. The letters claim the VA is still processing his claim after a year.

"Every day I get up and check the mail box," said Hatch.

WAFF reached out to the VA on Friday morning. VA officials in Birmingham told WAFF they would look into Hatcher's situation but couldn't discuss his medical history. Late Friday afternoon, Hatcher confirmed he received multiple phone calls from VA officials and has an appointment set up for next week. It's unclear why it took a phone call from WAFF to the VA to get the ball moving.

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